Boeing names Cherry to head Phantom Works

By Marjorie Censer / October 17, 2017 at 3:16 PM

Boeing said today Mark Cherry, president and chief operating officer at Aurora Flight Sciences, will lead its Phantom Works advanced technology organization within Boeing's defense business.

Cherry succeeds Darryl Davis, who led Phantom Works for a decade. Davis is now serving in a company-wide program management role, Boeing said.

Before joining Aurora, which Boeing announced earlier this month it plans to acquire, Cherry worked at United Technologies, Sikorsky Aircraft, Teradyne and Boston Consulting Group.

Matthew Hutchison will succeed Cherry, according to Aurora.

Hutchison is Aurora's vice president for engineering. He helped create Athena Technologies, which was spun out from Aurora and sold to Rockwell Collins in 2008. Hutchison then led that company's unmanned aircraft systems and controls technologies business before rejoining Aurora in 2014.